How to Cook Authentic Cameroonian Jollof Rice – A Step-by-Step Guide

How to cook cameroonian jellof rice
Cameroonian Jollof Rice
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Hello, culinary enthusiasts! Today, I’m thrilled to share with you a special recipe straight from the heart of Africa: Authentic Cameroonian Jollof Rice. This dish is not just a staple in Cameroon cuisine but is a celebrated recipe across many African countries. Each region adds its unique twist, and today, we’re exploring the Cameroon version, known for its rich flavors and vibrant colors.

Ingredients You’ll Need for Cameroonian Jollof Rice:

  • Cherry bell pepper
  • Carrots
  • Onions (green, normal)
  • Pre-cooked corn
  • Garlic
  • Bell pepper
  • Coriander leaf
  • Basil leaf
  • Rosemary leaf
  • Puree tomatoes and normal tomatoes
  • Kosher butternut
  • Vegetable oil (or oil of your choice)
  • Caro meat (or meat of your choice)
  • Paprika, turmeric, thyme, salt
  • Stock (cube or fresh)
  • Rice
  • Butter (or oil for frying vegetables)
  • Green beans, spring onions, scotch bonnet

Preparing the Fresh Seasoning:

  1. Blend the Ingredients: Combine spring onions, normal onions, garlic, bell pepper, coriander leaf, basil leaf, and rosemary leaf. Blend these ingredients to make a fresh, aromatic seasoning.
  2. Storage Tip: Make a generous amount of this seasoning. It can be stored in the fridge for future cooking endeavors.

Cooking the Jollof Rice:

  1. Prepare the Rice: Rinse the rice with hot water and salt. This helps to remove starch and impurities.
  2. Cook the Meat: In a pot, combine your choice of meat with green seasoning. Add a stock cube and a little salt for flavor.
  3. Fry the Meat: Once the meat is cooked, fry it in a pan until it’s dry and set aside.
  4. SautΓ© the Base: In a pan, heat vegetable oil and sautΓ© chopped onions. Add puree tomatoes and fry for two minutes, then add blended tomatoes, onions, and scotch bonnet. Fry this mixture for another 3-4 minutes.
  5. Combine and Cook: Add the stock water to the sautΓ©ed base. Season with turmeric, salt, stock cube, thyme, and paprika. Let it simmer.
  6. Add the Rice: Mix in the washed rice and adjust the water level. The goal is to cook the rice to perfection – not too soft, not too hard.
  7. Dry the Rice: Once the rice is almost cooked, let it dry out to achieve the perfect texture.

Final Touches:

  1. Fry the Vegetables: In a separate pan, use butter to fry bell pepper, spring onions, corn, green beans, and carrots. Add a little salt for seasoning.
  2. Combine Everything: Mix the fried vegetables with the Jollof rice. Add the previously fried meat.
  3. Let it Marinate: Cover the pot and let everything heat up together, allowing the flavors to meld.

Serving and Enjoyment:

Your Cameroon Jollof Rice is now ready to be served! This dish is not just a feast for the taste buds but also for the eyes, with its vibrant colors and tempting aroma. It’s a perfect dish for family gatherings, special occasions, or just a hearty weekend meal.

ALSO READ: 10 Unconventional Delicious Jollof Rice Recipes For World Jollof Rice Day

To Wrap Up…..

I hope you enjoy making and savoring this delightful Cameroon Jollof Rice as much as I do. It’s a recipe that brings a piece of African culinary heritage to your kitchen. Don’t forget to share your experience and thoughts in the comments below.

Remember: Every kitchen is different, and so is every cook. Feel free to tweak the recipe to suit your taste and preferences. Cooking is an art, and you’re the artist!

Happy Cooking! 🍲

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How to Cook Authentic Cameroonian Jollof Rice – A Step-by-Step Guide

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 30 min Cook Time 75 min Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Servings: 6


Preparing a delicious and beautiful Cameroonian jollof rice with traditional seasoning and fresh ingredients.


  • Adjust the spiciness with the scotch bonnet pepper according to your preference.
  • The quantities can be scaled up or down based on the number of servings needed.

This recipe should offer a balanced blend of flavors and textures typical in Cameroonian Jollof Rice. Feel free to adjust the ingredients and their quantities to suit your personal taste and preferences. Enjoy your cooking!

  • 🍲 Using fresh ingredients such as cherry bell pepper, carrots, and onions to make the jollof rice colorful.
  • πŸ₯˜ Creating a custom seasoning blend with spring onions, garlic, bell pepper, curry leaves, and more.
  • 🍚 Cooking the rice with pre-cooked corn using minimal water to avoid making it too soft.
  • πŸ– Frying the meat and vegetables separately before mixing them with the rice for added flavor and texture.



  1. Blend Seasoning

    Blend spring onions, regular onions, garlic, bell pepper, coriander leaf, basil leaf, and rosemary leaf into a paste.

  2. Prepare Rice

    Rinse 2 cups of rice with hot water and salt.

  3. Cook Meat

    In a pot, cook 1 lb of meat with blended seasoning, 1 stock cube, and salt to taste. Fry until dry and set aside.

  4. SautΓ© Base

    In a pan, heat ΒΌ cup of oil, sautΓ© chopped onions, add 1 cup tomato purΓ©e, and fry for two minutes. Add blended tomatoes and scotch bonnet, and fry for 3-4 minutes.

  5. Combine and Cook

    Add stock water to the base. Season with 1 teaspoon paprika, Β½ teaspoon turmeric, 1 teaspoon thyme, and salt to taste. Let it simmer.

  6. Add Rice

    Stir in the washed rice. Adjust water level to cook the rice to a medium texture.

  7. Dry Rice

    Let the rice dry out to the desired texture.

  8. Fry Vegetables

    In a separate pan, fry chopped bell pepper, spring onions, 1 cup corn, 1 cup green beans, and 2 chopped carrots in 2 tablespoons of butter.

  9. Combine

    Mix the fried vegetables and meat with the Jollof rice.

  10. Heat Through

    Cover and heat everything together for flavors to meld.

  11. Serve

    Enjoy your flavorful Cameroonian Jollof Rice!

Keywords: CAMEROONIAN JOLLOF RICE, Jollof Rice, tomato sauce, West African rice dish